The transportation industry – like many others – is always undergoing changes. One of the most monumental changes that’s coming to the industry is the advent of advanced technologies to assist drivers in many ways. Whether it’s automatic braking systems, lane-change notification devices, or blind spot video cameras, technology is making trucking safer and smarter. Even the Wall Street Journal has taken notice!
According to a recent article in the respected newspaper, there are all sorts of new technologies that are gaining a market share among truck driving companies. Two of the biggest companies researching and developing new safety features are Volvo and Daimler.
Here’s a short sample of some of the new systems that you’ll see more of in the near future:
- Platooning Systems – Think of these as the next generation of the traditional convoy. Using electronic systems to automatically regulate the distance between cruising trucks, platooning systems help reduce drag and the cost of fuel. The system allows the driving in front to sync its acceleration and breaking with the trucks following behind. Essentially, the result is an efficient truck-train on the freeway.
- Automatic Breaking Features – These systems are just like the ones you’ve probably seen in commercials for luxury cars on television. They use lasers and cameras to monitor the distance of objects in front of the 18-wheeler. If something gets too close, a firm automatic break should fix that even if the driver is slow to the pedal.
- Auto-Pilot – We know–this may sound a little too futuristic, but companies are working on these systems already. Daimler recently showed off a prototype of a rig that would allow the driver to turn over steering and other functions to the truck’s onboard computer. While computer-driven trucks are probably a long way off, it’s pretty wild to think companies are already working on it.
While our industry is undoubtedly going to change quite a bit over the next few decades, we are confident that the role of the driver is not going away anytime soon. One of America’s most important industries will be in the hands of hard-working professionals for years to come. At Smith Transport, we’re in the market for the talented individuals who are proud to drive our future.
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